Sorry for the long post. It's early in the season and I'm a bit frustrated already. Hoping for some improvement this year and I humbly seek your advice.
Regarding the subject of this post--I saw it on a t-shirt many years ago. My game is no better now than it was 15 years ago and I'm getting frustrated.
Technically speaking, my swing looks ok. My setup, grip, backswing, etc. appear to be decent. A number of people have told me that my swing looks smooth. Despite the positive reports, the only feedback I really care about is consistent ball flight. My ball flight consistency is terrible.
I'm not convinced that some seemingly minor tweak is going to transform me from a 90's player to a 5 index. I believe my mental image of the swing (or some component of it) is out of whack and that a correct image would help to produce consistent contact and ball flight.
Here's an example of what I mean by "mental image". Over the years I've seen people who appear to think that their objective (even with short irons) is to get under the ball to get it into the air. The notion of trapping, pinching, or hitting down on the ball is foreign to them. Unfortunately, a person with this mental image is not likely to improve significantly until they change this mental image.
In my case I believe that my incorrect mental image is in how the big muscles of the body transfer energy to the arms, hands, and club to generate a consistent swing path with power. Heck, forget power, I'd be happy with a consistent path.
Reading up on other sports, I wondered what sensation a good baseball player feels when throwing. Some players describe it as feeling their relaxed throwing arm being propelled forward in almost a whipping motion as it follows the body's movement toward the target. An unaccomplished baseball player like myself will usually throw the ball with almost all arm with very little power coming from the body. It's as if the body is there just to keep the arm from falling to the ground rather than actively imparting power to the throw via a relaxed arm.
Does this make sense?
I'm trying to figure out if the golf swing is the same way. In a sense I feel like I could sit on a barstool and hit the ball as consistently as I do now, and this makes me think my mental image of connecting the body to the arms, wrists, hands, and club is out of whack.
As it relates to the "connectedness" of the body & arms and to swing tempo, what is your mental image of the golf swing?